Why Did Philadelphia 76ers Take So Long to Hire Head Coach Brett Brown?

By Paul Seaver
Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports

Earlier this summer it appeared that the Boston Celtics were going to give the Philadelphia 76ers a run for their money in terms of who would take longer to hire a new head coach.

The Celtics however, played things quietly and actually made a pretty swift decision in naming Brad Stevens as their new head coach. After that it was obvious — the 76ers would surely be the final team to make a hire this off-season. Regardless, Philadelphia finally chose to name Brett Brown as their new head coach, bringing the former San Antonio Spurs assistant to town with a four-year deal.

But in all seriousness, what took so long for the 76ers to make this move?

Brown had been linked to the team’s vacancy for quite some time, but nothing formal ever broke until now. Philadelphia virtually took an additional six weeks following the conclusion of the NBA Finals to hire Brown. It’s bizarre, but at the end of the day, the 76ers pretty much got a name that was believed to be one of their top targets throughout their entire search. It was obvious that the 76ers were looking to hire an up and coming assistant within the NBA, a potentially perfect fit with a youthful roster that will have some rebuilding work to do.

Brown is a good fit in Philadelphia, but he will have his work cut out for him. The good news is that he will have rookie sensations Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams to build a foundation with moving forward.


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